Vietnam: Border patrols enhance friendship
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help to avoid misunderstandings and conflict between the two armies in handling problems such as “incursions” by people living near the border to plant crops, or other illegal activities.
By conducting the patrols, communication with the Vietnamese can be established to unify their countermeasures when dealing with similar problems, Wang said.
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Xuan Thang, head of the Vietnamese squad, said the joint patrols also help to strengthen friendship and trust between soldiers.
Jia Duqiang, a researcher of Southeast Asia studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ National Institute of International Strategy, said the ministers’ remarks show that the two countries will not let the South China Sea dispute affect overall relations.
Jia said the experience and trust accumulated in previous border negotiations will be conducive to the eventual solution to the South China Sea dispute, which is the only remaining border dispute between the two countries.
CANADA Wang Qingyun in Beijing contributed to this story. Contact the writers at wangxu@ chinadaily.com.cn